The Australia Council for the Arts today
announced $5.7 million investment in 177 projects to be delivered by Australia’s
individual artists, groups and small to medium arts organisations through its
June grants round; along with $640,000 through the annual Australia Council Fellowships
program; $343,772 through Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS) individual
grants; and $929,928 through Playing Australia national regional touring grants.
Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said that while this round was highly
competitive, there continues to be an impressive level of diversity, innovation
and collaboration supported through its grant programs.
1,200 applications were received for the June round from small to medium arts
organisations, and individuals and groups. Consistently strong and highly
contested, 177 projects will be funded through the fourth round of the revised
continue to be inspired by the diversity and depth of artistic quality and
cultural ambition across the applications which reflects the strength and
vibrancy of the arts across all of Australia”,
said Mr Grybowski.
successful applicants to arts projects, 30% nominated audience engagement and
access to and participation in the arts as their key project outcomes. The
Australia Council is committed to supporting opportunities for Australians to
access and participate in the arts as consumers or creators.
trends continue with the increased number of new applicants to the Australia
Council grants model, and of those, an increased number of new successful
applicants. The new grants model was designed to be more accessible and
flexible in response to feedback from the sector. These results continue to
build on previous grant rounds,” Mr Grybowski said.
Seven of Australia’s most accomplished artists working
across diverse art forms have been recognised with prestigious Australia
Council Fellowships: Rebecca Reid (Community Arts and Cultural Development); Brooke Stamp (Dance); Sarah Jane Pell (Emerging and Experimental Arts); Julia Leigh (Literature);
Sandy Evans (Music); Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy (Theatre);
and Danie Mellor (Visual Arts).
of the successful new applicants in the June round include Natasha Phillips through
Community Arts and Cultural Development for her China AUS Arts project, aimed
at strengthening cultural literacy and investigating creative exchanges between
Australia and China within the independent contemporary arts.
this year, the ARIA Award winning band The Jezabels released their third studio
album, Synthia, to excellent reviews and a number
four spot on the Australian chart. The band has received funding to support
their North American tour later this year, further building the momentum of exceptional
international success currently enjoyed by a high number of Australian
contemporary music artists.
the Emerging and Experimental Arts space, Tammy Brennan, Josh Harle and PACT
Centre for Emerging Artists will all receive funding across a variety of
projects that use cross-disciplinary processes and forms. New
Landscapes Institute will receive $50K for The Long Paddock, an expanded public
program and design and construction of "The Plant". This is an
experimental and multi-disciplinary project exploring Australia's Travelling
Stock Routes. 12 artists, architects and designers have developed work which
explore the historical, environmental and cultural significance of these
Media have been funded to deliver a national program to support young writers.
Tracks: a pop-up program for young writers, will bring the best of Express
workshops, networking opportunities and showcase events to five locations
Slingsby Theatre Company, Arena Theatre Company, Brink Productions
and Gravity and other myths will each receive funding across a variety of
projects that engage young people, create theatrical installations and develop
future touring opportunities.
- $5.7 million was awarded in the June project rounds. Other
grant results were:
- February 2016 - $10.7 million (excluding VACS)
- September 2015 - $10 million (excluding VACS)
- March 2015 - $9.1 million
- Four core funding streams were offered:
- Single and multi-year arts project grants for individuals
and groups ($10,000 - $50,000)
- Single and multi-year arts
project grants for organisations ($10,000 - $100,000)
The cap for this category
has been lowered to $100,000 from January 2016
- Development grants for individuals and groups ($5,000 -
- Australia Council Fellowships ($80,000)
- $5.7 million investment will support 177 projects delivered
by individuals, groups and small to medium organisations. In addition to the
$5.7 million investment, there is additional investment of $640,000 through the
annual Australia Council Fellowships program; $343,772 through VACS individuals
and $929,928 through Playing Australia.
- 1,165 applications were received from small to medium arts
organisations, individuals and groups for project and development grants.
- The applicant success rate was 15%.
- Funding was distributed as follows:
- 105 individuals received
- 22 groups received $0.6
- 50 organisations received $2.8 million.
- The Australia Council’s grant model enables applicants to
select the practice area panel of expert peers they would like to assess their
application. Panel options included: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Arts; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental
Arts; Literature; Multi-art form; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts; and Artists with
- Applications were received
from across the country with 18% of successful applicants based in regional or
- 30% of projects chose access and participation and audience
engagement as their main focus which represents an increase from the previous
- 103 peers from all of the
states and territories of Australia were used to assess applications to the
June round, of which 24% were based in regional and remote areas.
- 18% of the peers assessing
identified as being culturally and linguistically diverse and 18% of the peers
identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
To see the June grant results, go to: https://online.australiacouncil.gov.au/ords/GrantsList
Applications are now open for the next
grants round, which closes on 4 October 2016.
For more information go to: www.australiacouncil.gov.au
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